squeegee started this discussion 2 months ago#59,965
that's right: new computer time. building for a co-worker. luckily she wanted a micro-itx case, so it won't be boring! her specifications were pretty light, and i had a budget of 700 bucks. it'll be a personal computer she's using mostly as a desktop, but specifically it needed to be robust enough to run Corel, she uses it to do newspaper layouts for a small local publication - i didn't even know people did that, but evidently they have a pretty good sized circulation for a little weekly rag.
her current dumpster fire is running an i3-2130 made in 2011 D: and running integrated graphics D:
but it does what she needs it to, it is dying though. the ethernet is borked and caps are looking bad on the MB. it's pretty slow and laggy too, reboot literally takes it 15 minutes, most of that time is spent shutting down too. very bad.
we went up to microcenter and she picked out a fancy little Corsair 250D case. micro-itx, fucking sweet.
parts were kinda limited by cpu choice as well, we went with the i5-6500. the 7500 is out, but the motherboard would have added $50 to the overall and the performance increase was really not worth it. ended up with a gigabyte MB, it's tiny as fuck. super nice though for 60 bucks (after rebates and a bundled price) since it retails at $124.
rounded it out with a 275GB m.2 SSD. it's pretty sweet.
opted to skip a video card. that was the only way to get the price to 700. doesn't really need it though, the i5 integrated graphics will blow her old sandybridge graphics out of the water anyway. everything is a full on upgrade.
it's also got plenty of room to upgrade. 4 sata hdd expansions are available and still has the free pci express lane for a future upgrade of the video card if she ever starts using more high end graphics software.
anyway, with windows and all, the total was 695 and change.
squeegee (OP) double-posted this 2 months ago, 3 hours later[^][v]#761,716
got everything done. fun little build. could have really used a modular power supply, cabling everywhere. i tucked it away, cable management isn't all that great in this case but since there's no hard drives in the bay all the cables tucked next to the power supply after being zip tied.
it boots super fast too. 12 seconds or so. reboots in about 16. the integrated graphics appear to work just fine for what she's doing. corel is much snappier and loads in a few seconds now.
going to probably download adobe stuff, cv2 or whatever it is can be downloaded free. photoshop and illustrator would be her speed.
few other things to install and her data to migrate, but it's almost done.
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